Joint account opened
Inside Blue Wed 13 Sep 2017
Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko opened their goalscoring accounts for Chelsea on Tuesday night, but they weren’t the first full-back and midfielder combo to do it in the same Champions League game for the Blues.
Back in the 1999/00 season we were taking part in Europe’s premier club competition for the first time and in need of a victory at home to Hertha Berlin in order to secure our progress from the first group stage of the competition.
In our hour of need, two of the unlikeliest of goalscorers stepped up to the plate.
Famously labelled a 'water carrier' by international team-mate Eric Cantona, Didier Deschamps had never scored a Champions League goal before he stepped out of his midfield comfort zone to smash home an unstoppable drive past Gabor Kiraly and his oversized tracksuit bottoms.
‘It was very windy that night, so I think a gust of wind maybe added some pace to my shot from a long way out and helped it on its way into the net,’ recalled the Frenchman in an interview with the matchday programme a few years ago.
‘And it was two rare names on the scoresheet as Chapi Ferrer was on target as well. I have to be honest – I don’t recall his effort too well. But I can remember mine, as it was the only goal of my career in the Champions League as well as being my only strike for Chelsea.’
Ferrer, who had won the European Cup with Barcelona in 1992, was a right-back whose career goal output was comfortably in single figures.
On this occasion, however, he showed all the composure of a centre-forward to take down a pass from Dennis Wise and fire a shot past Kiraly.
It's not a moment that Chapi was about to forget in a hurry as, like Deschamps, it was his only goal for Chelsea.
‘I thought it would be easy for me to score in that game because Didier had already got a goal,’ joked the Spaniard.
‘It's a great memory for me. I controlled a pass from Dennis Wise and just hit a really nice shot.’
Unlike this rare goalscoring duo, we hope last night’s goals from Bakayoko and Zappacosta prove to be the first of many...